Unlike many players at Monday night’s football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, singer Jordin Sparks didn’t take a knee.
But she did make a silent statement of her own through a note written on her hand. The black ink read, “PROV 31:8-9”. The Bible verse from the Book of Proverbs reads, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Many have assumed that the verse was meant to be a message of silent support for NFL athletes, coaches and officials who have been kneeling during the national anthem in protest of comments made by President Trump.
Trump has said that kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful to American service members and to the national anthem.
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At Monday night’s game, the Arizona Cardinals players, coaches and officials linked arms while Sparks sang the anthem. The Cowboys players and staff took a knee before the anthem and then stood with linked arms while she sang.